Speaking before the Boston Baseball Writers dinner, David Ortiz said, at this moment, he doesn't expect a deal to get done prior to an arbitration hearing.
"I don't know," said the DH when asked if he expected an agreement to be reached before a hearing. "It doesn't seem like it right now."
Ortiz submitted a figure of $16.5 million for his arbitration case Tuesday, while the Red Sox came in at $12.65 million. According to a source, the slugger had previously been offered a two-year deal by the Sox, at $9 million season.
"I guess that's part of the game," he said. "From a business standpoint, that's how it goes. … I've been watching from the outside."
Ortiz' agent, Fern Cuza, met with Red Sox general manager Ben Cherington late last week prior to exchanging arbitration figures. Arbitration hearings will be held from Feb. 1-20.
"This is the first time I've paid attention to it,...
NFL Network analyst Michael Lombardi made his weekly appearance on the Dennis & Callahan show Friday morning, and his words were music to Patriots' fans ears, as he predicted a New England victory in Sunday's AFC championship game and had harsh words for the dysfunctional Jets.
"I think the Patriots will win 31-20," Lombardi said. "I think the Patriots are going to score. I think the Patriots are going to move the ball on them. I don't think that's going to be an issue."
Lombardi is concerned with how the aging Ravens defense will fare against New England's potent offense.
"They've got some real issues," he said. "Bernard Pollard has never been known for a coverage guy. He's an in-the-box safety. My man Ray Ray Lewis, for all the dancing and all the great performances and what a great career he's had, he's not suited to play a space game, defending the field horizontally and defending the field...
The Patriots will face the Rams in London on Oct. 28, the NFL announced Friday. The game will kick off at 1 p.m. EST and be televised live in the United States on CBS. It's part of a three-year deal involving "home" games for the Rams in London.
This will be the second game in England for the Patriots, who played there against Tampa Bay in 2009 and came away with a 35-7 win.
“We are honored to be selected for this year’s game and eager to return,” said Patriots chairman and CEO Robert Kraft. “We had such a great experience during our last visit to London. We are proud to have great support from our fans when we are on the road. The United Kingdom is home to some of our most passionate Patriots fans, including the UKPatriots, who are among our most active fan clubs overall, not just overseas. We look forward to another memorable experience.”
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Brewers star Ryan Braun reportedly began his appeal of his positive drug test Thursday, as the National League MVP attempts to avoid a 50-game suspension.
Braun is presenting his case to a three-member arbitration panel, according to the New York Daily News, and he'll have to prove that "the presence of a prohibited substance in his urine was not due to his fault or negligence."
Braun will receive his MVP award Saturday at the annual dinner of the New York chapter of the Baseball Writers' Association of America. He is expected to give a speech but not take questions from the media.
Read more about that story and others, plus check out videos, trivia and more, at Friday's Morning Mashup.
Richard Howell amassed 11 points and 16 rebounds as NC State toppled Boston College, 76-62, Thursday night in Raleigh, N.C.
Dennis Clifford scored 12 points for BC, which fell to 7-11 overall and 2-2 in ACC play. Jordan Daniels added nine points.
Scott Wood scored a game-high 16 points for NC State (14-5, 3-1), which shot 51 percent and outrebounded BC 44-28.
The game was tied at 21 midway through the first half when NC State took control, scoring 15 straight points (five by Howell). The Wolfpack led by 17 at the half (45-28) and as much as 24 in the second period. The closest the Eagles got in Period 2 was the final margin of 14.
BC returns home to host Wake Forest on Saturday afternoon.
For more BC news, visit The BC Blog.
Dale, Michael and Jerry dig into the details of this draft for the Patriots with ESPN's Mike Reiss.
Giardi and Price discuss the Tom Brady appeal getting overturned and Roger Goodell's victory tour. The guys can't believe the victory lap and some of his behavior. The more you listen to him, the more frustrating his behavior becomes.
Giardi and Price break down how the teams in the AFC East altered their futures after the NFL Draft weekend.
Mut is flying solo the last hour, but he's giving reaction and analysis as the Celtics draft a power forward out of France by the name of Guerschon Yabusele and getting some early grades for the Celtics
Mut and Kirk are talking more about the Celtics pick of Jaylen Brown and can't seem to find anyone who thinks it's a good pick or can make a case for why the Celtics took him third overall.
Joe, Tim, and Lou talk with Red Sox shortstop Xander Bogaerts after his walk-off RBI single propelled the Red Sox past the White Sox 8-7.
Mut recaps the Red Sox 8-6 loss to the White Sox.
Mut recaps the Sox 3-1 loss in the series opener against the White Sox.
DJ and Pete continue to assess the season that was for the Bruins and look toward the future for the franchise and how they can improve.
DJ and Pete are together for the final Sunday Skate of the season. They get into their overall thoughts on the season, the Bruins keeping Claude Julien on as head coach and the end-of-season press conferences last week. They discuss the rebuild process, what the Bruins need and how they can obtain it. Plenty of callers have their own theories and opinions on all of these topics as well.
Butch is joined by two-thirds of the Sunday Skate show in DJ and Pete. The guys discuss the problems with Bruins including leadership and grit, who should stay and who should go and if Claude is to blame.
Who would you like to see in Dino's chair, Gary or Mut?
The debate heats up as the discussion turns towards O.J. Simpson
On a Friday edition of Headlines, Gary presents us with some thrilling erotica talk.
Jackie MacMullen talks about Jaylen Brown, the Celtics thought process, and what may happen in Free Agency.
Glenn and Christian discuss last night's underwhelming draft by the Celtics
Dale Holley and Thornton talk NBA draft.
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Laroy Streat comes back at it again! Talking the Celtics Draft and his take on the Celtics 3rd Draft pick. Catch Laroy every friday with the Dale & Holley Show 5:45- 6PM.
Former Celtics General Manager Jan Volk joins Kirk Minihane for a discussion that any Celtics fan will love. Kirk and Jan talk about the legendary 85/86 Celtics and how the team was constructed and of course the decision to draft Len Bias and his tragic death.
Kirk Minihane sits down with John Tomase to talk about the current political landscape, John's desire to write about social issues, and of course Spygate is discussed.
Kirk Minihane is joined by one of his radio heroes, Artie Lange. They discuss everything from Artie's comedy career, his time with Howard Stern, his issues with drugs and prostitutes, and the comedy show to benefit slain Officer Ronald Tarentino Jr.
Ben, Russ & Alex recap the 4-0 loss the USMNT suffered to Argentina in the COPA America Centenario semifinal. Then they catch up with the EURO's, and recap if their predicted winners are still in the tournament.
This week we look back at the US Open.